The death this week of Lauren Bacall had me again thinking about how few of her projects I have seen. I was more than aware of the Hollywood legend however, having seen, and heard on tv news and interview shows since I was a kid. From Madonna's Vogue, through her legendary romance with Humphrey Bogart, Bacall was a part of pop culture and a true star.
Like many other actors who have passed away since I started blogging, I was surprised that the only movie of Bacall's I have actually seen is 1981's The Fan. I purchased the DVD a few years ago, mainly due to my love (lust) of actor Michael Biehn. The Fan is really campy and very silly at times (especially those musical numbers) but it is also incredibly watchable and so much fun.
There seemed something even slightly autobiographical about Bacall's character Sally Ross and the rehearsal process she was going through to bet back on Broadway. In addition to Bacall and Biehn, the film also features James Garner, Hector Elizondo and a fun performance from Maureen Stapelton. Bacall is Bacall, grand and slightly over the top and Biehn is hot as hell as the stalker intent on getting her attention.
The Fan is obviously one of Bacall's later movies, but a good one really to start with. I have already placed my Amazon order for three more of her movies (oddly, I chose a couple more of later roles as well) and I hope TCM plans a marathon for both she, and Robin Willimas in the near future. R.I.P Sally Ross, A Fan...
I quit about six years ago, but through most of my twenties I loved to smoke. First one in the morning, last one at night, during a brief staff meeting break, around a campfire, after any physical work out, and especially in the car. Although I am glad I quit, I still remember and miss that sensation of inhaling, especially the first one. It was at the same time both relaxing and stimulating, and on some days the climax to a moment.
Smoking, like any other sensory caresser, can affect mood and atmosphere. Although today smoking may be a divisive issue for many, when captured correctly, can create beautiful translucent effects. The blend of Caleb's silky skin against the red material of the couch, his dark hair, black shades and grey smoke, amalgamate for this stunning series of images from photographer Nathan Scott.
Since first featuring Nathan's work this past May, his images have become favorites of both myself and readers of FH. I first featured Nathan's collaboration with Caleb in my July 4th piece Home Of The Brave. It was Caleb's first time in front of camera, but he proved a natural and Nathan captured some incredible images highlighting Caleb's great body, face and beautiful eyes. In that first shoot, Nathan and Caleb experimented with the effects of a ecig, but there were so many shots that I loved, I left them out of the first piece.
When photographer and model recently got together again for another shoot, Caleb wanted to do a shoot with a focus on the smoke. By using a combination of the ecig, and a regular cigarette, they were able to achieve the results they were looking for. The couch was brand new, Nathan's room mate had just brought it in for the living room. Nathan figured there was no better way to break it in than draping the new piece of furniture with a naked Caleb!
'I decided to photograph him nude because I love how lean his body is and it and his butt photograph really well. We ended up creating a story of Caleb waiting for a gig, as if he was a criminal or mobster. He was ready for the score and then kept waiting and got more and more comfortable and started playing with smoke on the couch.'
Nathan describes Caleb as a great guy to work with. Still new to the industry, Nathan remains the only photographer he shot professionally with thus far, but Nathan is confident that is going to change very soon! 'He is always upbeat and a lot of fun on set, willing to try anything I ask of him.' For their recent shoot for the Blue Collar Campaign, Caleb walked on set after literally just having stepped off a plane from a mission trip in Germany.
If you haven't picked up the August issue of Pastiche, check it out HERE:
The issue features the work of photographers Rick Day and Rob Kristian
I have posted before over my love of the Hackett Brothers from Wings. (HERE: & HERE:) Steven Weber has been a fixture on television since his time flying in and out of Nantucket. In addition to Wings, Weber has had regular roles on Once & Again, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, TNT's Dallas & Chasing Life.
Single White Female (1992)
Weber is no stranger to nudity, he let it all hang out on stage in the musical Hair. It was still a surprise however to see Weber, 22 years after his naked romp in Single White Female, dropping trou in front of actor Tom Felton in the most recent episode of TNT's Murder In The First. As my thirties wiz by, it becomes more and more impactful seeing actors in their forties, fifties (Weber is 53) and sixty's still smokin up the big and small screen. Thanks to xander7 for the caps, be sure to check out his little male nudity corner HERE: